United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) through Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) officially opened the Climate Action Plan Training in Bandar Lampung on Tuesday 7 September. The first training on Climate Change Science Basis, Vulnerabilities and Risks will take place until 10 September targets the members of the CRIC Working Group of Bandar Lampung.
Climate Action Plan (CAP) Training consists of a series of climate change mitigation and adaptation training seeking to improve the capacity of local governments, specifically CRIC Working Group in ten pilot cities. The CAP kick-off event took place on 31 June 2021, and then the training took place virtually and hybrid afterwards in the cities.
Opening the training, CRIC Project Manager Aniessa Delima Sari – on behalf of the UCLG ASPAC Secretary-General Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi – said that CAP Training is a momentum for the CRIC Working Group to collaborate and be the catalyst of change in the city. She added that this week’s adaptation training in Bandar Lampung would enhance the participants’ knowledge and help Bandar Lampung develop climate change scenarios using applications such as SiBiaS and Google Collab.
“We’re aware that climate change vulnerabilities and risks assessment is not something new to Bandar Lampung since the city already developed it in 2010. In light of that, we hope that the training participants can use this CAP Training to update the previous study. “By combining the result of this training with greenhouse gas inventory, the city can have Climate Action Plan as a basis and guidance for local governments in identifying and elaborating climate-proof strategies and instruments in the priority sector,” she said.
Bandar Lampung Head of Development Planning Agency, Dr. Khaidarmansyah, also attended and opened the training at Emersia Hotel in Bandar Lampung. He thanked CRIC for supporting the city through capacity-building activities and other technical assistance. “I expect that the Working Group members commit to participating fully in this training, so the city can develop Climate Action Plan that we can implement effectively and appropriately,” he said.
Dr. Khaidarmansyah also reiterated the city’s commitment to participate as one of ten CRIC’s pilot cities until 2024. As a pilot city, Bandar Lampung has received the Urban Analysis Report and set out to strengthen its floods early warning system to anticipate the impact of climate change.
Climate Action Plan Training in Bandar Lampung is part of Climate Action Plan Training in ten CRIC’s pilot cities from August 2021 until June 2022. UCLG ASPAC – CRIC Project collaborates with the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) and CCROM SEAP IPB to deliver the training. The project will use the MoEF-developed tools such as SIGN SMART (greenhouse gas calculation and reporting online application) for mitigation training and SIDIK (vulnerability index information system) for adaptation training.
Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities Project hosted a virtual Climate Action Plan (CAP) Kick-Off Event on Wednesday, 30th June 2021, marking the beginning of climate change mitigation and adaptation training in ten Indonesian pilot cities. At least 100 people attended the event that brought together policymakers at the national and local levels and climate scientists.
The Secretary-General of UCLG ASPAC, Dr Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, opened the event by pointing out that the pandemic has exposed the threshold of our resilience to multi-hazard risks worsened by climate change. With this fact, she added, cities must no longer delay taking action and strategies to combat climate change. "Through CRIC, we aim to help ten pilot cities plan and implement scientifically-based climate actions," she said.
Joining the event was also Mr Hans Farnhammer, the Head of Cooperation for European Union Delegation to Indonesia & Brunei Darussalam. He underlined that addressing climate change is a top priority in Europe that seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions also extend to Indonesia as the European Union's strategic partner. He further encouraged cooperation among stakeholders as an instrumental factor in implementing the CRIC Project in ten cities.
CRIC Project will deliver Climate Action Plan training to ten Indonesian pilot cities from July 2021 to May 2022 by collaborating with the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry and CCROM IPB. CRIC Project Coordinator Putra Dwitama explained that the entire training would align with the national level strategic climate framework. He added, "CAP is a response to climate emergencies and guidance for city-level climate action and strategies".
In the main event, Professor Rizaldi Boer, the Director of Center for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management Southeast Asia Pacific (CCROM SEAP) at Bogor Agricultural University/IPB, presented the city level Climate Action Plan framework. Another speaker, Dr Akhmad Faqih from the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology at the IPB, explained the scientific basis of climate change. The event also invited the Indonesia Ministry of Finance's Center for Climate Change Financing & Multilateral Policy Mr Irwan Dharmawan, who elaborated a wide range of climate financing schemes that cities can leverage.
The kick-off event gave a sense of urgency for cities to take climate action while providing cities support and assistance to do so through the CRIC Project. The CAP training will help local governments participate in national and global climate actions through scientifically robust and carefully planned local solutions.
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Authors: Astry Nurul Meidina & Maria Serenade
The European Union-funded Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) supports cities to build a climate-resilient and inclusive future through a wide range of technical assistance and capacity building activities. One of its primary activities is delivering the Climate Action Plan (CAP) training in ten Indonesian pilot cities from July 2021 to May 2022.
CRIC is hosting a kick-off event on Wednesday, 30th June, to officially mark the beginning of CAP training. The event will bring together Indonesian policymakers at a national level, local level and climate experts.
CAP training seeks to help pilot cities develop a pathway and road map to achieve its GHG emissions reduction target by 2030, which aligns with the Nationally Determined Contributions. The training also helps the pilot cities formulate their long-term resilience strategies to adapt to climate change. The training’s main target participants are the members of the CRIC working group in each ten pilot cities.
Day/Date: Wednesday, 30th June 2021
Time: 13:00 – 15:30 WIB (GMT+7)
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The book will look at how problems are interconnected at different scales and across disciplines, as well as viable solutions for reducing vulnerabilities and reducing tensions.
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In the Kupang City of Indonesia, the impacts of climate change are likely to exacerbate water access and availability problems. The local government with Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities are teaming up to solve this long-standing problem.
"We need a breakthrough and innovative solution to tackle water scarcity in Kupang. There are already short-term and long-term initiatives in place to improve water access, but we need more hands to help us, which CRIC can do," said the Mayor of Kupang, Dr. Jefirstson Riwu Kore at his office in Kupang on Tuesday (8/6).
The water problem
The territorial split in 1996 formed the City of Kupang and the Regency of Kupang. Despite their administrative boundary, both have characteristic dry land and low rainfall with four months of the wet season and eight months of the dry season. People in Kupang rely on groundwater and surface water to get their water supplies. All surface water sources in Kupang come from the upstream areas in the Regency of Kupang.
The residents get their water from a state-owned water utility company/PDAM, individually owned drilling wells, privately run tanker trucks, and water depots. PDAM, as the state-owned operator, provides water with the piped system to only 24% of the city's 470,000 population.
The Head of Kupang Planning Agency Jeffry Pelt said that the destruction of water catchment areas in the southern part of the city will result in water insecurity in long term. "Water catchment areas turned to human settlements due to the city's growing population. Climate change will pose more risks with erratic rainfall and shrink water supplies," he said.
Building climate resilience
Kupang is one of the ten pilot cities committed to tackling climate change through local climate actions. The visit from CRIC to Kupang from 7 to 11 June 2021 concludes that the city needs to anticipate the impacts of climate change on water sources. During this visit, CRIC had an audience meeting with the Mayor of Kupang and discussed the water issue with the CRIC Working Group.
In the CRIC Working Group meeting, CRIC Project Coordinator Putra Dwitama emphasized the need "to address water scarcity problem through the lens of climate change." He also said that CRIC would assist the city through capacity-building activities, technical assistance, and alternative financing during project intervention.
CRIC will deliver climate change mitigation and adaptation training to develop Climate Action Plan (CAP) from July 2021 to February 2022 to ten pilot cities. The training seeks to improve local governments' capacity to develop local climate actions in line with the national government's climate change commitment. The training will eventually help the city improve its resilience to climate hazards while ensuring an equitable distribution of social, environmental, and economic benefits from the implementation of Climate Action Plans. CRIC, through ECOLISE, will also develop a water management tool to improve water governance in Kupang.
Learn more about Kupang: Urban Analysis Report
Four Indonesian mayors who were elected in 2020 announced a collective commitment to low-carbon and climate-resilient development goals by signing a Mayor’s Commitment on Monday (31/5). This move marks the strategic role that city governments hold in achieving Indonesia’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29% independently, or by 41% with international assistance, by 2030.
The mayors of Bandar Lampung, Samarinda, Mataram, and Ternate signed the Mayor’s Commitment at the “Climate Resilience Policy Dialogue and Mayor’s Commitment Signing” event hosted by the Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project. The CRIC Project is funded by the European Union and supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Its implementation involves ten Indonesian pilot cities committed to adopt climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.
“Indonesia local governments are finalising their Medium-Term Regional Development Plans, today’s event is a momentum to advocate for climate resilience integration into city development planning. The mayors who signed the commitment demonstrate their resolution to advance sustainable, climate-resilient, and inclusive development in the next five years,” says UCLG ASPAC’s Secretary-General Dr. Ir. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi MSc., MPP.
CRIC Project assists local governments to improve their capacities in Climate Action Plans formulation through a series of climate change mitigation and adaptation training. Ten selected pilot cities will develop measurable climate action proposals which can help them cut their carbon emissions and increase community adaptive capacity.
The Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Director of Adaptation to Climate Change Sri Tantri Arundhati says that climate-resilient city is a key programme in Indonesia’s adaptation NDC to build ecosystem and landscape resilience, which is further elaborated in the updated NDC.
Indonesia has identified climate change as one of its development priorities as outlined in the National Medium-Term Development Plans 2020-2024. Indonesia also aims to formulate 20,000 climate villages (Proklim) by 2024, to which CRIC’s ten pilot cities could help to contribute.
The European Union reiterates its international commitment to climate change through the CRIC Project. “European Union, through European Green Deal, sets a road map that will take Europe as a climate-neutral continent while advancing sustainable development with our international partners. European Union supports and facilitates the development of innovation and knowledge to support climate actions at a city level through a long-lasting partnership between local governments, private sectors, universities and local communities,” says Henriette Faergemann, First Counsellor for Environment, Climate Action and Digital the European Union Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
Climate Change Policy Dialogue and Integrity Pact Signing takes place on Monday (31/5) from 10:00 (GMT+7). This is a hybrid event that combines an in-person event with a virtual event.
Four elected Indonesian Mayors from the 2020 election will present the climate programme and announce their commitment to climate-resilient development goals in their cities at Policy Dialogue on Climate Change and Mayor’s Commitment Signing event on Monday, May 31, at 10 am (GMT+7).
Indonesian local governments holding the 2020 general election are currently formulating Mid-Term Regional Development Plans. It is against this backdrop that there is a need to ensure that climate resilience issues are integrated into city planning. Especially at a time when at a national level, Indonesia is racing with time to meet its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) target to reduce GHG emissions by 29% independently and 41% with international assistance by 2030. In less than a decade, Indonesian cities must take part in transforming political commitment into concrete climate actions.
Given the urgency of this issue, Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities Project will host a hybrid event that will bring together the Mayors of Ternate, Bandar Lampung, Mataram, Samarinda and policymakers from the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF). The event seeks to facilitate dialogue between local and national governments in a bid to strengthen climate governance and urge local governments to reiterate their commitment to climate-resilient and inclusive development.
The offline event will take place with limited participants.
Zoom link: http://bit.ly/CRICdialogue31Mei2021
YouTube live streaming: @Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities
Moderator: Sri Indah Wibi Nastiti - General Manager of APEKSI.
Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities (CRIC) Project successfully organised a virtual courtesy call with the Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s Directorate General of Climate Change on Friday (30/4) in a bid to strengthen the ongoing collaboration to build resilience to climate change.
The courtesy call came at an excellent time since the Directorate General of Climate Change has just undergone the change of leadership with the appointment of Ir. Laksmi Dhewanthi, MA as the Director General (DG) of Climate Change to replace Dr. Ruandha Agung Sugardiman. The meeting was used to congratulate the new DG and getting acquainted with one another and discuss future priority agenda.
After presiding over the meeting, the DG of Climate Change said that it is her hopes that “the ten CRIC pilot cities can lead by example”, referring to the message pronounced by the Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Change on April 22, 2021. In doing so she expressed that the project needs to connect to other climate change initiatives in the region, take a proactive stand in publishing and disseminating the best practices to other cities and countries and make sure that the project can really deliver by ensuring concrete actions at a city level.
Both the DG of Climate Change Ir. Laksmi Dhewanthi, MA and UCLG ASPAC’s Secretary-General Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi agreed upon the importance to ensure that the CRIC Project can truly manifest climate action at a city level. “We’re looking forward to strengthening our collaboration. We also hope that the project (CRIC) can concretely measure project delivery and benefits,” the DG of Climate Change said.
In the virtual meeting, Dr. Bernadia shared some contributions the project is making to increase climate resilience. In terms of climate policy, CRIC contributes to the integration of climate resilience issues into the Medium-Term Regional Development Planning in five pilot cities that held local elections. CRIC will also help its ten pilot cities to formulate a climate village (Program Kampung Iklim), to further support Indonesia’s 20,000 Proklim targets by 2024. CRIC also advocates for climate leadership at a city level by obtaining Mayors’ commitment in ten cities to participate in the CRIC Project. “Through this project, we hope that Indonesian practices in building resilient cities can be a successful example that other cities in the Asia Pacific can follow suit,” she said.
The meeting also touched on the significance of knowledge management and utilisation to support policymaking and public awareness purposes. In line with this, CRIC through its five-year implementation will help increase the capacities of local government to mitigate and adapt to climate change. CRIC will ensure that best practices at a city level in terms of governance, collaboration, innovation, local action and financing will be leveraged and replicated to other cities.
On the 19th of March 2021, Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities held a workshop on coastal capacity building to support climate resilient solutions to disaster. The event, organised by Pilot4Dev with the support of UCLG ASPAC, presented solutions from European, Indonesian and Indian experts to help local governments in coastal cities anticipate the impact of climate change. The event, which gathered more than 80 individual participants including speakers and panelists, was a great success and generated quite a lot of interest from participating cities.
Climate governance is at the heart of climate action. In Cirebon City of West Java, Mayor Drs. H Nashrudin Azis, SH reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change through the promotion of collaborative and community-based sustainable waste management efforts.
“We are proud to be selected as one of ten pilot cities. This motivates us to tackle one of the most long-standing and pressing problems in Cirebon, which is waste management,” Mayor Nashrudin said at the Mayor’s Office in Cirebon, on Thursday (4/3). On this occasion, the Mayor also received the Urban Analysis Report from CRIC. One of the recommendations stated in the Report urges Cirebon to transition towards sustainable waste management.